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Saturday, 02 April 2011


If amazon extends the free shipping policy to the exhaustive Winogrand compendium, I'm in.

That sounds scary... but again, my dogs were great danes for a long time.


I was expecting you to feature The Invisible Camera, which is quite excellent. And if I had remembered to send it to you, you might have. Sorry for my slackness; better late than never:


There is a smaller version at only $150.00
Interesting video's here.

When is a book a "book" and not an overly large collection of related paper? In my old university library there is a collection of maps of the North West Frontier in about 1905-1920. It's a proper printer's production, not an ad hoc collection, with frontispiece and index. The maps are each larger than the Newton book in two dimensions (I remember the long edge exceeded my outstretched arm), and the collection has been bound in leather-faced board with some gold-blocked lettering. The maps run from north to south, from the Hindu Kush to the Indian Ocean. I don't recall how many there are - perhaps 100. The weight of the "book" is from memory at least the weight of a large bag of dog food, which I buy in 20 kilo bags.

I'm wondering if Taschen are guilty of false advertising? Clearly, it's not the biggest "book" production of the 20th Century, nor on insurance value the most expensive. They may be OK on weight though.

Of much more importance than some transient advertising nonsense is the sense of history I felt as I looked through the maps. Not only were they cartographic records where none had probably been recorded since Alexander the Great passed by, but annotations, shadings and the use of colour indicated tribal loyalties, tax districts, the remit of certain laws, and population. They were compiled by civil servants and military officers travelling from village to village over dozens of years.

Sadly, there was no nude on the front cover to attract the passing eye, but there was a lot more intellectual meat in the volume than Newton has, I'll bet.

Dammit, pranked again.

I fell for the Winogrand prank, I didn't even think about the date. I followed the link and realised that I was born the day before

yes! Conscientious had me clicking the link for more info alright! Our own site ditched the film for digital, but I don't think too many noticed :)

I really liked the digital cartridges for film cameras. FlexiSensor technology, indeed!

Sumo 'limited' edition of 10,000 at $15,000
each. Does anyone know how many have
been sold. Talk about excess.

Actually I had planed to set a date to go to the library in San Diego's MOPA just to see the large Sumo. So we at least know of one that has sold.

Since when is a limited edition 10,000 items? Did Newton sign them all in one (very long) sitting? Were they numbered by hand: 4852/10,000; 4853/10,000? And how about the gross if the full limited edition sold out: $150,000,000.

Somehow the Complete Winogrand sounds more believable than Sumo.

Regarding the digital insert announcement, I don't know if it's a joke or not. If it isn't, their timing was singularly unfortunate. It might not be a joke, because as far back as the mid-1990s, there was a company developing just such a thing. Said company was entirely capable of making such a product, even back then. The reason it never hit market was that it was impossible to keep up with the rapidly advancing technology and to come out with an insert that actually cost LESS than a whole digital camera (counterintuitive, but true). Their price/performance ratio for the digital insert never favored buying one. While you had lots of photographers who said they would love to be able to use their old film camera bodies to make digital photographs, you didn't have so many when you told them that the insert was going to cost more and perform worse than just buying a dedicated body.

I'm not at all convinced the situation has changed enough since then to make it commercially feasible to produce such an insert today. So, serious or not, I wouldn't count on being able to buy this.

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Thanks for the heads up. I will keep a look out.

Re-35, This is their notice now at the web page, assuming you enable java scripting there that is:

Re-35 does not really exist. We (the design company Rogge & Pott) created Re-35 as an exercise in identity-design. We invented the "product" because it was something, that we had wished for for a long time (as many others).

We launched the website and sent out "press releases" on April first - thinking, that the date would make clear, that Re35 is just wishful thinking - a classic April Fools Prank!

A lot of people didn’t hear about Re-35 until after April first, so we added this disclaimer

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